The Case Against Johann Reuchlin: Social and Religious Controversy in Sixteenth-Century  Germany by Erika RummelThe Case Against Johann Reuchlin: Social and Religious Controversy in Sixteenth-Century  Germany by Erika Rummel

The Case Against Johann Reuchlin: Social and Religious Controversy in Sixteenth-Century Germany

byErika Rummel

Paperback | November 23, 2002

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The case of Johann Reuchlin, one of the best-known controversies of the 16th century, has been interpreted in many ways: as a case of anti-Semitism, a controversy between humanists and scholastics, or a case foreshadowing the Reformation debate. The last interpretation was facilitated by Luther himself, who repeatedly linked his case with that of the biblical humanists Lefevre, Erasmus, and Reuchlin.

In this lively critical analysis, Erika Rummel describes how the second interpretation, which was promoted in the 19th century, was replaced after WWII by a new sensitivity toward the anti-Semitic elements of the affair. More recently, however, the favoured approach is a more nuanced interpretation, acknowledging that the controversy is informed by a combination of social and intellectual currents and reflects both anti-Semitism and academic strife. The section containing the analysis is followed by documents illustrating the case, some of them translated for the first time into English.

Erika Rummel is a professor emerita in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Title:The Case Against Johann Reuchlin: Social and Religious Controversy in Sixteenth-Century GermanyFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 23, 2002Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802084842

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'This manuscript is a significant contribution of synthesis that, through its developmental approach, helps to recontextualize the theme and open broader discussions of the nature of religion and scholarship in the late medieval and early modern periods...Accessible to general readers and yet meaningful to specialists working in this history of the later Middle Ages, Reformation, and Jewish and Christian traditions.' - Dean Bell, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago